Monday, April 22, 2013

Big White Pod

Before I went out of town this weekend, I laid out the wool for one side of this new pod. Sunday night and all day Monday it was completed.

This is actually this completed piece and the resist it began on. It was about 4 feet wide and 7 feet long

mid way through, it was shibori stitched

Wetting out again to finish the felting...

It is drying and needs to be stuffed and hung somewhere very tall to take images! I will keep you posted. It was nice to get a significant piece completed and I hope to work on another before meetings next week and weekend travel. Back in the groove ;o)
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Thursday, April 18, 2013


I find myself sitting at the computer wondering why I have this sudden wave of exhaustion! No, I don't need more coffee (I really don't). I have spent the last few days looking at my next month packed with teaching and trying to envision the days between teaching in the studio. Trying to make a plan. I was down there a few moments ago to plan out some ART and have so, so many things I need and want to work on that I totally lost focus before I began anything and had to come back upstairs to do some research. My head is just too full! My head will not wonder I am tired!

I need a extra hard drive that I can download some of what is taking up valuable space. I sit at the computer to write things I need to write and more inquiries and request come in. All very good stuff, just lots to take on. Switching gears to "creating" is not going to, at least.

I am away this weekend visiting a friend and to take in the ballet with my youngest son and hope that a change of environment will allow me to de-bug, power down and reboot. I'll keep you posted!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

An Interview...

Several weeks ago I received an email from a high school student in Australia. he was doing an arts project and my name had been given as a possible subject. This was followed by 2 other students in the class with the same request (one emailed me the day before the deadline and the "mom" in me was tempted to teach her a lesson...but I did not!) I thought I would post some of my answers here to share with you...

Who are you? Andrea Graham
Where do you live and work? I live in Odessa, Ontario (half way between the city of Toronto and our capitol, Ottawa) in Canada. My studio is here in my home...a cozy part of my basement where I added a window and sinks and everything I need to do what I do. This space has evolved over the last 10 years. I began by working at the dining room table.
What do you do in your work/life? I am a “feltmaker”. I create handmade felt from protein fibres, but consider myself a visual artist. I also teach often either here in my studio, where people travel to see me or I travel to them. I also teach by webcam and have taught people from many countries and remote places around the world. I exhibit in galleries and museums, mostly by invitation. My favourite work to complete in my medium are sculptures as there are unique challenges in doing so. In “life”, I am a wife and a mom to 3 teenaged boys who are always first priority. My travel schedule happens around their events, whenever possible.
What motivates you? Cold hard cash (Just kidding). Anyone working in the arts knows it is a labour of love. For me, the need to create cannot be escaped and with this versatile medium I can make anything. My students are also lots of fun and I get to travel to cool places. Not many artists get to fly here and there and get paid to do it. For this, I am grateful.
What influences or inspires your art? The environment, gender issues, social injustice. It is my way of speaking out...often with a sense of humour.
What are your special achievements? There are a few milestones in my arts career as a self-taught artist with no arts degree. One that stands out is my artist-in-residence at Queen’s University (very uncommon for this particular university to give notice to someone without a formal degree/graduate studies). Another is my first grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Also, being “invited” to important group shows is pretty sweet. To be recognized as a “artist” by those I consider my peers was very important. It is less important now and I am always reaching for new things and setting the bar high. This means rejection sometimes, but we artists must have a thick skin.
What are you passionate about? Coffee, wine, wool, my boys, environment, people.

How did you get to where you are now? Lots of silent doubt, shameless self-promotion, learning from the best at great expense and travel. Working full time with WOOL for over a decade, observing, feeling, learning. You must be a smart business person, know how to write and put yourself out there. If you don’t believe in you, how can you expect others to.
What do you say about yourself and your work? I let my work speak for me (and occasionally put together an artists statement that can tie it all together...the writing part)
Why are you important in the world of textile art? I think I am important in the world of textile art because I am “out-there”, more than anything. There are equally talented and hard working textile artist out there that are not as active in the “business” side, the marketing, the (shameless) self-promotion. I think I am “important” because I started acting like I was and I had the hard earned skills to support this. The quality of my work is number one to me and I think this comes across in my work. I also began at a time ahead of many others (but much later than some of my mentors) and demonstrated what could be done with felt to a growing audience.
And how would someone contact you? Through my website

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lots of things cooking!

First, sorry for my brief absence. For a change it was not due to slothing or trying to get my head around ideas.

 have been switching gears on some things and also back to more work on the computer (not my favorite...huge time suck!!). However, with new goals comes research and making plans. While I do this, of course, the days tick away and all the responsibilities in my (wonderful) life continue.

I have been experimenting with some few pieces for my exhibitions early next year (Yes, on-going. cannot slip by the wayside or I will be scrambling big-time), producing work for a couple of new galleries.

I have also been booking some travel with shows and teaching in a couple of exciting international places. Once things are confirmed, I will be sure to share with you. I will keep you posted!

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time to relax

time to relax
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